Yesterday,Today, tomorrow, the rest of life…angling

by | Apr 11, 2010 | 0 comments


Bison, photographed off the front porch.

This morning is warm, 33 degrees, overcast and not a hint of the W.  I should be headed back down to the river, but the dogs are staring at me and I know what they are thinking…… 

I spent the last two days fishing the Madison in the wind and a chilly 25 degrees was all Mother Nature could muster. Breaking ice out of the guides,  enduring cold feet, but catching trout none the less. The Madison, up high, is running about 39 degrees……..cold.  Midges came off in droves on Friday afternoon and brought fish to the surface.  Big fish…..but not stupid big fish.  They were keyed in on emerging midges and thankfully, I had plenty. A nice 20 in hook jawed brown was my biggest fish of the day.  Sorry, no pics of that trout…..so goes the peril of fishing alone.  Who needs pics anymore? I can still see him, swimming towards me, nymph in his nose, with that oh so stupid look his face.  That trout had probably eaten hundreds of those midges, but mine tasted a bit different.  I should be heading back down to the Madison again.  This is the weather, that I have been waiting for.  What are you waiting for?


Spring anglers’s good buddy….Capniidae (Small Winter Stoneflies)

No, these are not Squala stoneflies.  They are much bigger, about a #10 or #8.  Over the years I have seen Squalas on the Madison, but not thick by any means. The stonefly pictured above is an important hatch in these parts during April, May and sometimes early June.  They hatch on the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, Big Hole, Missouri and most small creeks throughout Montana.


Quake Lake Trees….I just had to.

This spring is shaping up to be one of the best angling springs I have seen in about 10 years.  The trout are hungry and feeding like it’s late May…….what will May be like????  After a 4-5 day float on Montana’s Smith River with the boys, I plan on heading to the Missouri River for as long as my wife will let me….I might not see her for a month….God bless Molly.


G. Falls and brown trout.  Missouri River, May 2007.  Is he wet wading???

May and June on the Missouri is what heaven should be like for any angler who dreams of fishing in the after life. Never been to the Missouri?  You should join Big Sky Anglers and experience what downtown Craig, MT has to offer. Izaak’s (http://izaaksblog.com/)  is quite possibily the best restuarant in a trout town that we have ever been to.  Great food and great trout fishing……what else do you need?



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